How to get a Good Nights’ Sleep if you Suffer from Back Pain

Up to 40% of people suffer from a sore back, and it can make it incredibly difficult for you to find comfort – and in turn you will most likely have a poor nights’ sleep. We all need our beauty sleep, and not being able to have a decent nights’ sleep can affect your whole day.  We have put some ideas together as to how you can overcome this, and wake up feeling as fresh as a daisy. Also, if you are in a hurry and would like to see which beds are ideal for sufferers, you can see a recommended mattresses here.  Additionally, having unique bedding that you like, really sets the mood for a good nights rest!

Here are some more tips on how to get a good nights sleep.

Do you have the Right Mattress for you?

Having the right mattress can be crucial in getting a more enjoyable sleep. There are specific mattresses for back sufferers, and there are a few symptoms that your existing mattress could be part of your back pain problem. If it is more than 7 years old, it will have lost some of it’s former glory and not be as effective. If it sags, or maybe has a dip in the middle – that could also be an issue. If you feel springs through the layers, this too is a sign that you may need to invest in a new mattress. There are so many options out there that you may not know, but there are lots of expert companies who can give you sound advice. You could start by reading the following article from Happy Beds: How to Choose the Best Mattress for a Bad Back.

Do you have the Right Pillow?

Pillows are also incredibly important when it comes to getting a good nights’ sleep if you have a bad back. Thin pillows won’t be any good for you, as they won’t give you the support that you need. Conversely, if you use too many pillows, you cold tilt your neck up which could in turn curve your spine. It’s an unnatural position and not good for your back. It’s also a good idea to make sure that you regularly change your pillows and don’t forget to fluff them. When you purchase new pillows, they will give you the information of the materials used, make sure they are of a high quality. They also need to be deep enough so that your spine is aligned as it should be.

What’s your Sleeping Position?

Sleeping on your side is the most common sleeping position. This can help align your hips and spine so there is less pressure on your back, however if you find your top shoulder dropping forward or your top leg crossing over your bottom leg – this could cause issues. Ways to get around this are to bring your legs toward your chest, put a pillow between your knees, and regularly switch sides. This should relieve the pressure on the same area constantly and help.

These are our 3 top pieces of advice to get a better nights’ sleep as a back pain sufferer, and some potential causes of it.


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One thought on “How to get a Good Nights’ Sleep if you Suffer from Back Pain

  • These are great tips. I do get back pain from bad mattresses at hotels. Thanks for posting!


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